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Search and Refine

1. Enter your search terms into MultiSearch 

  • Search terms can include keywords, a title, and/or an author's name. 

2. Refine your results

  • Use the filters in the left-hand column to refine your results. For example, you can narrow your search results by content type, i.e., select Books or Articles under Resource Type and click Apply Filters.  You can also filter your results by date range.
  • Any filters you apply will appear at the top of the column. Tip: If you are wanting to further refine your search by adding or removing search terms, but keep the filters you have chosen, you can click on the padlock next to the filter name to lock the ones you would like to keep, or select 'Remember all filters'. Note also that you can click the 'X' to remove these.

Selecting 'book' refiner in MultiSearch

3. Access your items

For many of the items in your results you will see the 'Full-text available', 'Online access' or 'Download PDF' option. For these items you will be able to click through and get instant access to these materials. For accessing items in the physical collection, you will find further details below.

Physical collection: item availability and locations

Available at Macquarie University Library Level 1/ Level 2 indicates the item is available for you to borrow on the open shelves. Check the Call Number to see where in the Library it is located - 

  • Call numbers starting with the letters A to J are on Level 2 (entrance level)
  • Call numbers starting with the letters K to Z are on Level 1

Available at Macquarie University Library Automated Retrieval Collection indicates that you need to request the item from the Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC), our on-site storage system. For more information about placing a request see our Request an Item page.

Check availability generally means that the item is on loan.

Clicking on the Check availability link will take you to information about when the book is due back. If an item is on loan you can Sign in and place a Request for it. For more information see the Request an Item page.


Available under the search bar are 3 pre-filtering options. It is important to note that if you use these options they are persistent and will affect any subsequent searches (including use of filters) until changed or New Search is selected from the navigation bar.

  • Option 1 sets what type of resource you wish to find:
    • All items
    • Books
    • Journals
    • Articles
    • Images
    • Audio
    • Videos
    • Databases
    • Web Sites
  • Option 2 sets how your terms are used:
    • that contain my query words
    • with my exact phrase
    • begins with
  • Option 3 sets where to look in the resource's record:
    • anywhere in the record
    • in the title
    • as author/creator
    • in subject
    • in user tags
    • ISSN
    • in the series